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Business and Commercial

Class Actions

Critical Motions / Appeals

Internal Investigations

Product Liability

Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

Northwestern University, B.A., Political Science, History, & Legal Studies, cum laude, 2008

Judicial Clerkship

Judge Eric L. Clay, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2012-2013

Judge Edward C. Prado, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2011-2012

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

District of Columbia State Courts

Illinois State Courts

Michigan State Courts

Derek J. Linkous focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on critical motions and appeals. Trial tested, he has represented corporate and individual clients in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as before government regulators and arbitral tribunals. He has experience with a broad range of business litigation, including class actions, contract disputes, products liability, and professional liability.

  • Defended alternative energy company in contract dispute with LLC member
  • Represented nuclear power plant operator in international arbitration related to defective steam generators
  • Partnered with trial team as critical motions counsel on behalf of an automotive manufacturer to prepare pre-trial motions and jury instructions, which foreclosed a punitive damages claim and left the plaintiff’s lone liability expert’s opinions vulnerable to exclusion
  • Defended favorable jury verdict on appeal in a company-car case
  • Secured pre-discovery dismissal for world’s largest metal options exchange in putative multi-billion-dollar antitrust class action
  • Defended worldwide religious organization in multi-plaintiff negligence, fraud, and conspiracy action, including multiple appeals to the state supreme court
  • Counseled specialty insurance company in securities class action related to executive compensation
  • Secured vacatur on appeal of trial-court order purporting to re-open a putative RICO case against an automotive manufacturer after several years
  • Acted as critical motions counsel for an automotive manufacturer to secure key victories on pre-trial motions, which precipitated a favorable settlement
  • Advised digital marketing company on investigations, including vendor disputes and employment-related matters
  • Represented automotive manufacturer in trademark and trade-dress litigation
  • Counseled national athletic association in class action related to concussions in college sports
  • Represented hospital company in appeal stemming from asset purchase
  • Secured voluntary dismissal for steel mill in supply-contract arbitration
  • Represented software company in trade-secret actions
  • Defended officers and directors of homebuilding company in fraudulent-transfer action
  • Represented medical professional in LLC member dispute, which led to minority member being able to buyout partners on favorable terms
  • Counseled accounting firm in SEC investigation
  • Defended individual investor in defamation action
  • Represented creditors’ committee during bankruptcy of an oil and gas producer

Prior to joining Bush Seyferth PLLC, Derek worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago and Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on advanced motions and appeals, class actions, and professional liability. He also previously worked at Sperling & Slater, P.C., a litigation boutique in Chicago, where his practice focused on business litigation.

Before entering private practice, Derek clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for Judge Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, he interned for Judge Amy J. St. Eve then of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Derek received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. There, he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, President of the Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition, and a member of the Northwestern Supreme Court Clinic. He received his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science, History, and Legal Studies from Northwestern University.

Honors & Awards

Order of the Coif

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Detroit Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan, Appellate Practice Co-Chair 

Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Detroit, Ambassador

State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Section, Member

“Federal Bar Association – Appellate Practice Panel,” co-moderated to FBA’s Eastern District of MI Chapter (2019)

“Internal Investigations – Key Considerations for Companies and Their Counsel,” co-presented to FBA’s Eastern District of MI Chapter (2019)

“Panel Effects, Whistleblowing Theory, and the Role of Legal Doctrine,” 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 83 (2009) (with Emerson Tiller)

“Presidential Signing Statements in the Modern Era,” 2 Nw. Interdisc. L. Rev. 155 (2009)

Favorite Sport: Hockey (been playing since age 3)

Favorite Vacation: Cuba

Favorite TV Show: The Wire

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